Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Four obstacles to transformation (3)

The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States.

The obstacles to transformation are

1. Commitment

2. Repentance

3. Activity

4. Spiritual Community

Obstacle 3: Activity



  • Tens of millions have confused religious activity with spiritual significance and depth


  • Four out of ten have participated in a combination of three “normal” religious activities in the past week (i.e., attending church services, praying, reading the Bible).


  • Far fewer have engaged in deeper faith expressions:




    • less than one out of ten have talked about their faith with a non-Christian


    • fasted for religious purposes


    • had an extended time of spiritual reflection during the past week


    • spiritual disciplines – including solitude, sacrifice, acts of service, silence, and scriptural meditation – are infrequently practiced


Next obstacle: Community

Related links

1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

2. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - commitment

3. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - repentance

4. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

5. Six trends emerging for 2011

6. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?

7. How do we keep our spiritual fervour?

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